Don Shula’s wife Mary Anne Shula has a good business mind, according to ‘ole Don. It was Mary who got him into the restaurant game, and now I guess he’s got some kind of restaurant empire. Now, I don’t know the details about getting into restaurants and how Mary played a big role other than that she has a good business mind and that she’s at every deal that is penned. I think Don’s son David Shula also has most of the responsibility since he runs the restaurant empire.
Don and Mary have done a tone of community giving and philanthropy work. They were actually given an award for all the things they’ve done back in 2010. Their big cause is the Moffitt Cancer Center, whom they’ve also been honored by for all the things they’ve done.
I think a big part of Don Shula’s wife Mary Anne Shula having a commitment to fighting cancer comes from Don’s past. He lost his first wife Dorothy Shula to cancer in 1991. The couple had been married since the late 50’s and had known each other in high school. It wasn’t until she was 23 that Don asked her to not go and teach (she was a teacher) in Hawaii and instead to return to Baltimore where he was and marry him. So that’s the story of Dorothy and Don, but let’s return to Mary Anne and Don…
Really, the big news about Mary Anne is that she sued her former stepson for a mammoth alimony. She had previously been married to a guy named Jackson T. Stephens, who was a CEO for an investment bank and was worth $380 million. At the time of her divorce, she was awarded $1 million a year and a house in some place called Indian Creek Island. She was reportedly whining about taxes at a country club in 2010 and that getting taxed would hurt Don somehow, so I guess the free million per year isn’t enough?